Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

59

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.5"
Really small
Size
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Size
Really small
Compact 103x55x24 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
99x55x20 mm vs 103x55x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$299.99 vs $1,492.01
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The best price we've seen is $1,192 cheaper (5x less)
Weight
Lighter
142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture
Wider aperture
f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus
Better macro capability
3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths
              Aperture Wide aperture Help
              DMC-FX78:f/2.5
              DMC-FX700:f/2.2
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              1,600 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              5x

              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

              Compact

              $149

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Canon ELPH 520 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 520 HS

              Ultra compact

              $150 - $189

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $207 - $229

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Much larger
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $143

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Panasonic Lumix FX80

              Compact

              $145

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

              Travel zoom

              $149

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Panasonic Lumix SZ8

              Travel zoom

              $89

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Canon PowerShot S90

              Pro digicam

              $146

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $243 body only

              $250 with 14-42mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

              Compact

              $500

              Size Smaller
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR

              Travel zoom

              $300

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX30V

              Travel zoom

              $240

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Significantly larger

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